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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2017

Here we are, once again, reviewing the year. Some great stories this year, plus a surprising number 1 moment. We’ll start with number 10 and work our way down to the number 1 moment – which surprises many but once they see the video – they get it!

Having just completed the BBC Radio London interview with the amazing host, Phil Parry, we are awaiting confirmation as to when exactly the Top 10 will be released – probably Wed 27 Dec.

We will release just numbers 10 to 6 for now and we will wait until BBC Radio London announce our final choice before publishing the remaining numbers 5 to 1, with 1 being 1st place, or the Top Moment…. so pls bear with me.

Meanwhile, here are numbers 10- 6…….

 

Number 10.

Moment/s of Kindness with the wonderful Bradley Lowery (so many moments….)

Jermaine Defoe became friends with the six-year-old, terminally ill little Sunderland supporter, the wonderful Bradley Lowery. They met when Bradley was a mascot & they became great friends. Little Bradley’s   bravery, humour and warmth of character inspired Jermaine & (in Jermaine’s own words) taught Jermaine a lot about the precious gift of life & love.

 

There were many magical moments – which you can see Jermaine talking about on video. But there’s one in particular …

Jermaine was playing for England at Wembley and had Bradley with him as a mascot in the queue in the tunnel, when Joe Hart, the England captain, turned around and asked Jermaine to lead the team out with Bradley – an incredible gesture by Joe Hart. Full story here.

Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children

Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children

Incidentally, little Jermaine’s parents got a standing ovation at the BBC Sports Personality of the year awards when they announced the Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children.

 

9.  Racing 92 Rugby Club Invite Munster Rugby Fans to Stay With Them 

When they rescheduled Champions Cup match because of the sudden death of the Munster coach,  Anthony Foley (in Paris on the morning of the match), Racing 92 RFC sent a message to Munster Supporters Club inviting fans, when they return to Paris, to stay with the Racing 92 fans homes – as it is expensive to have to travel to Paris twice for one game.

This trip was already very emotional for the many Munster fans. And now this great French club do this?

“We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,”

Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club.

Racing 92 and Munster logos

Racing 92 and Munster – friends for life

The brotherhood of rugby knows no bounds. These two clubs are friends for life now.

And, good news, it’s not just the brotherhood or rugby that knows no bounds… the brotherhood of football is alive as well too……

 

8  Dortmund Open Their Homes To Monaco Fans  

After the Champions League match was postponed for a day because of three explosions aimed at the Dortmund team bus (with only one relatively minor injury)   caused the game to be postponed by one day.

Dortmund’s official Twitter account called on their own fans to help out their Monaco fans, using the hashtag #BedForAwayFans.

Dortmund FC tweet asking their fans to help Monaco fans

Dortmund FC ask their fans to help Monaco fans

The next day at the match the Monaco fans  chanted  ‘Dortmund, Dortmund’ – you can see it and hear it all here .

 

7. Magical Masters Moment in Augusta

Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Britain’s Justin Rose were both trying to win their first U.S. Masters when a special moment occurred on the 15th hole.  Both players were playing ‘incredible golf’.

Augusta, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Garcia got an eagle & then Rose putted a very high pressure birdy to keep the score level. As they walked off the green, Garcia, patted Rose on the back amidst a fantastic battle in arguably, the greatest golf tournament in the World, The Masters in Augusta.

https://goo.gl/images/yGF81p

the beautiful Hogan Bridge, Augusta

Friendship & encouragement of your opponent during the heat of battle – extraordinary stuff.

BTW, Garcia won it in the end, on the day, that would have been his hero, Seve Ballesteros’, 60th birthday.

 

6. Baseball’s Respect & Friendship Among Competitors

Texas Rangers Baseball star, Adrian Beltre made his 3,000th career hit in Major League Baseball. The next day, the Rangers played the Mariners in Seatle and Beltre faced ace pitcher Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez was about to pitch to Beltre, when he stopped,…. walked over to  Beltre and gave him a  quick hug (for reaching the career milestone, the night before), then walked back and pitched at him.

An old baseball ball

Baseball respect and friendship

It was a quick moment … a public display of friendship & respect between two opposition players.  You can see it here.

 

Coming soon …. after BBC Radio London sports show host, Phil Parry announces the winner plus broadcasts the interview with me covering all 10 Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments of 2017.

 

Partner link: London Marathon, Maori All Blacks, Racing 92, Rose v Garcia – BBC Radio Interview PR Smith May 2013

Recent sportsmanship moments are discussed live on BBC radio across the UK. Georgy Spanksy chats with PR Smith about some recent amazing sportsmanship moments including the London Marathon, the Maori All Blacks &  Racing Club 92 ‘s incredible gestures to Munster Rugby, &  of course, that incredible competitive friendship displayed during that final round of golf in this year’s Masters between Justin Rose v Sergia Garcia. 

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 we covered the 10th best to the 6th bets sportsmanship moments which included tennis, ice-hockey,  boxing, weightlifting and athletics. Now we announce the Top 5, starting with football….

 

5. A Sombre Yet Beautiful Football Moment

And it’s not  World Cup 2014 (which had so many wonderful moments of sportsmanship like Ghana’s goal celebration when they shocked the world by taking a 2-1 lead against Germany, or the graciousness of Brazilian fans – see World Cup Sportsmanship Moments here).

World Cup 2014 Brazil

The number 5 moment of 2014 great sportsmanship is a little more sombre, in fact, sad but beautiful… and a real demonstration of the brotherhood of football. April 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic Hillsborough crush in 1989.  The brotherhood of football came together to pay its respects.

Barcelona Liverpool 96 Tweet

So many other clubs sent messages, tweets and posts, other clubs displayed posters and banners including their closest rivals and neighbours, Everton FC (with their manager Martinez making a wonderful speech), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and many more. Borussia’s 80,000 crowd gave a spine tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  – watch this spine tingling rendition of YNWA. The brotherhood of football shares the pain and sadness.

 

4. Rugby Beating Adversity

Lindsay Hilton is a truly extraordinary inspirational Canadian rugby player. She is limbless. Yes a limbless rugby player who inspires others. Lindsay is a quadruple amputee and she plays scrum half for her women’s rugby club, Halifax Towers. You just have to see the video of this woman because I cannot describe, and you cannot imagine, what this would be like.

Rugby ball1

So when you feel a bit down or thinking ‘maybe I’ll give training or the game a miss’. Don’t miss it. Think of Lindsay who is  determined to play despite the extreme challenges she faces every time.

 

3. Afghanistan Rugby

With WRC 2015 upon us and many sportsmanship moments like the All Blacks insisting their players remain grounded by cleaning their own dressing rooms or the lovely moment when English rugby international hooker, Tom Youngs (Leicester), tweeted to Northampton’s monster prop,  Salesi Maafu (who had punched Youngs in the face), ‘good shot mate, go well in the final’ (after Maafu apologised on twitter & offered to buy him a pint). Great sportsmanship moments – no moaning nor whining just getting on with it. However, the top rugby sportsmanship moment and, our overall 3rd best moment of 2014 was another group of rugby players, on the other side of the world, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation’s goals are:

‘to replace guns with rugby balls,

resistance fighters with sportsmen

to use rugby union to unite a nation that has been devastated by war’

This is the Afghanistan Rugby Federation video.  They are introducing rugby into girls’ and boys’schools.  Watch the joy of the Afghan kids doing the Haka.

Haka

Afghan kids doing the Haka

The Afghan senior men’s 7s team got the final in West Asia 7s. The kids love it. The girls love it. The guys love it. The ARF is simply amazing. They need support too.  So their ongoing commitment to play rugby is testimony to the original principles of Olympism founded by the Ancient Greeks: ‘to educate man in both mind and body ….. to compete in sport rather than war….to make new friends…… (see our 4 minute Olympism video). We salute all Afghans playing rugby.

 

 2. Golf – American Golfer Disqualifies Himself

In 2nd place, is a young American golfer called Jason Millard.   In June of this year, his dream came true. He qualified to play in the lucrative US Open.  But five days later he disqualified himself because he thought he might have played a foul shot.

Golfer Lost 1

Touching the sand in the bunker before hitting the ball is a penalty. He thought he might have. When he asked his playing partner and the officials they all said that he didn’t and that he was ok .  But young Jason said: “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation.  I was actually in the act of making my swing when I thought I saw it. It was like a blur. That image keeps popping in my head.  I really don’t know 100 per cent, but I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days I practised and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I thought about it every single second of the day. It ate away inside of me.”

After five days of soul-searching, Millard rang the United States Golf Association and called the penalty on himself, believing that he “may” have inadvertently broken the rules while playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course – his 27th hole of the day.

What is even more, remarkable is that he is still not even sure that he committed a penalty at all. But his sporting integrity and honour is such that he didn’t want to risk his honour and integrity and so he effectively disqualified himself and withdrew from the big time & fulfilling his golfing dream.  Remember the name, Jason Millard, we wish him well in 2015.

 

1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

Here it is, the number one sportsmanship moment of 2014. The UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the great, now 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan, just a few weeks ago in December was, what many are saying, the greatest snooker final ever.

Judd Trump came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest. But Trump was finally lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame & O’Sullivan went on to win 10-9. The number one sportsmanship moment came seconds later and it lasted for several minutes. When Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan….

Trump wasn’t distraught, he seemed elated with the high level of intense competitive …..  Trump shook hands with O’Sullivan and unveiled a real warm smile as he spoke, for several minutes with O’Sullivan at the end.  As they talked, his big smile demonstrated great dignity in defeat and real comradery. Technically Judd lost but, in reality, he demonstrated what’s important in sport , regardless of the result, give it your very best & never ever forget to enjoy the battle and enjoy the moment (& Judd Trump did just that). Congrats to Judd Trump – winning the Great Sportsmanship Moment of 2014.

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Read also PART 1 :  Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments (nos. 10 – 6).

Here is the full interview from the Phil Parry Show on BBC Radio London 97.9FM (including the unedited, low volume, pre-amble!).

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 we covered the 10th best to the 6th bets sportsmanship moments which included tennis, ice-hockey,  boxing, weightlifting and athletics. Now we announce the Top 5, starting with football….

 

5. A Sombre Yet Beautiful Football Moment

And it’s not  World Cup 2014 (which had so many wonderful moments of sportsmanship like Ghana’s goal celebration when they shocked the world by taking a 2-1 lead against Germany, or the graciousness of Brazilian fans – see World Cup Sportsmanship Moments here).

World Cup 2014 Brazil

The number 5 moment of 2014 great sportsmanship is a little more sombre, in fact, sad but beautiful… and a real demonstration of the brotherhood of football. April 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic Hillsborough crush in 1989.  The brotherhood of football came together to pay its respects.

Barcelona Liverpool 96 Tweet

So many other clubs sent messages, tweets and posts, other clubs displayed posters and banners including their closest rivals and neighbours, Everton FC (with their manager Martinez making a wonderful speech), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and many more. Borussia’s 80,000 crowd gave a spine tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  – watch this spine tingling rendition of YNWA. The brotherhood of football shares the pain and sadness.

 

4. Rugby Beating Adversity

Lindsay Hilton is a truly extraordinary inspirational Canadian rugby player. She is limbless. Yes a limbless rugby player who inspires others. Lindsay is a quadruple amputee and she plays scrum half for her women’s rugby club, Halifax Towers. You just have to see the video of this woman because I cannot describe, and you cannot imagine, what this would be like.

Rugby ball1

So when you feel a bit down or thinking ‘maybe I’ll give training or the game a miss’. Don’t miss it. Think of Lindsay who is  determined to play despite the extreme challenges she faces every time.

 

3. Afghanistan Rugby

With WRC 2015 upon us and many sportsmanship moments like the All Blacks insisting their players remain grounded by cleaning their own dressing rooms or the lovely moment when English rugby international hooker, Tom Youngs (Leicester), tweeted to Northampton’s monster prop,  Salesi Maafu (who had punched Youngs in the face), ‘good shot mate, go well in the final’ (after Maafu apologised on twitter & offered to buy him a pint). Great sportsmanship moments – no moaning nor whining just getting on with it. However, the top rugby sportsmanship moment and, our overall 3rd best moment of 2014 was another group of rugby players, on the other side of the world, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation’s goals are:

‘to replace guns with rugby balls,

resistance fighters with sportsmen

to use rugby union to unite a nation that has been devastated by war’

This is the Afghanistan Rugby Federation video.  They are introducing rugby into girls’ and boys’schools.  Watch the joy of the Afghan kids doing the Haka.

Haka

Afghan kids doing the Haka

The Afghan senior men’s 7s team got the final in West Asia 7s. The kids love it. The girls love it. The guys love it. The ARF is simply amazing. They need support too.  So their ongoing commitment to play rugby is testimony to the original principles of Olympism founded by the Ancient Greeks: ‘to educate man in both mind and body ….. to compete in sport rather than war….to make new friends…… (see our 4 minute Olympism video). We salute all Afghans playing rugby.

 

 2. Golf – American Golfer Disqualifies Himself

In 2nd place, is a young American golfer called Jason Millard.   In June of this year, his dream came true. He qualified to play in the lucrative US Open.  But five days later he disqualified himself because he thought he might have played a foul shot.

Golfer Lost 1

Touching the sand in the bunker before hitting the ball is a penalty. He thought he might have. When he asked his playing partner and the officials they all said that he didn’t and that he was ok .  But young Jason said: “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation.  I was actually in the act of making my swing when I thought I saw it. It was like a blur. That image keeps popping in my head.  I really don’t know 100 per cent, but I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days I practised and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I thought about it every single second of the day. It ate away inside of me.”

After five days of soul-searching, Millard rang the United States Golf Association and called the penalty on himself, believing that he “may” have inadvertently broken the rules while playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course – his 27th hole of the day.

What is even more, remarkable is that he is still not even sure that he committed a penalty at all. But his sporting integrity and honour is such that he didn’t want to risk his honour and integrity and so he effectively disqualified himself and withdrew from the big time & fulfilling his golfing dream.  Remember the name, Jason Millard, we wish him well in 2015.

 

1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

Here it is, the number one sportsmanship moment of 2014. The UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the great, now 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan, just a few weeks ago in December was, what many are saying, the greatest snooker final ever.

Judd Trump came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest. But Trump was finally lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame & O’Sullivan went on to win 10-9. The number one sportsmanship moment came seconds later and it lasted for several minutes. When Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan….

Trump wasn’t distraught, he seemed elated with the high level of intense competitive …..  Trump shook hands with O’Sullivan and unveiled a real warm smile as he spoke, for several minutes with O’Sullivan at the end.  As they talked, his big smile demonstrated great dignity in defeat and real comradery. Technically Judd lost but, in reality, he demonstrated what’s important in sport , regardless of the result, give it your very best & never ever forget to enjoy the battle and enjoy the moment (& Judd Trump did just that). Congrats to Judd Trump – winning the Great Sportsmanship Moment of 2014.

 —

Read also PART 1 :  Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments (nos. 10 – 6).

Here is the full interview from the Phil Parry Show on BBC Radio London 97.9FM (including the unedited, low volume, pre-amble!).

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 we covered the 10th best to the 6th bets sportsmanship moments which included tennis, ice-hockey,  boxing, weightlifting and athletics. Now we announce the Top 5, starting with football….

 

5. A Sombre Yet Beautiful Football Moment

And it’s not  World Cup 2014 (which had so many wonderful moments of sportsmanship like Ghana’s goal celebration when they shocked the world by taking a 2-1 lead against Germany, or the graciousness of Brazilian fans – see World Cup Sportsmanship Moments here).

World Cup 2014 Brazil

The number 5 moment of 2014 great sportsmanship is a little more sombre, in fact, sad but beautiful… and a real demonstration of the brotherhood of football. April 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic Hillsborough crush in 1989.  The brotherhood of football came together to pay its respects.

Barcelona Liverpool 96 Tweet

So many other clubs sent messages, tweets and posts, other clubs displayed posters and banners including their closest rivals and neighbours, Everton FC (with their manager Martinez making a wonderful speech), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and many more. Borussia’s 80,000 crowd gave a spine tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  – watch this spine tingling rendition of YNWA. The brotherhood of football shares the pain and sadness.

 

4. Rugby Beating Adversity

Lindsay Hilton is a truly extraordinary inspirational Canadian rugby player. She is limbless. Yes a limbless rugby player who inspires others. Lindsay is a quadruple amputee and she plays scrum half for her women’s rugby club, Halifax Towers. You just have to see the video of this woman because I cannot describe, and you cannot imagine, what this would be like.

Rugby ball1

So when you feel a bit down or thinking ‘maybe I’ll give training or the game a miss’. Don’t miss it. Think of Lindsay who is  determined to play despite the extreme challenges she faces every time.

 

3. Afghanistan Rugby

With WRC 2015 upon us and many sportsmanship moments like the All Blacks insisting their players remain grounded by cleaning their own dressing rooms or the lovely moment when English rugby international hooker, Tom Youngs (Leicester), tweeted to Northampton’s monster prop,  Salesi Maafu (who had punched Youngs in the face), ‘good shot mate, go well in the final’ (after Maafu apologised on twitter & offered to buy him a pint). Great sportsmanship moments – no moaning nor whining just getting on with it. However, the top rugby sportsmanship moment and, our overall 3rd best moment of 2014 was another group of rugby players, on the other side of the world, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation’s goals are:

‘to replace guns with rugby balls,

resistance fighters with sportsmen

to use rugby union to unite a nation that has been devastated by war’

This is the Afghanistan Rugby Federation video.  They are introducing rugby into girls’ and boys’schools.  Watch the joy of the Afghan kids doing the Haka.

Haka

Afghan kids doing the Haka

The Afghan senior men’s 7s team got the final in West Asia 7s. The kids love it. The girls love it. The guys love it. The ARF is simply amazing. They need support too.  So their ongoing commitment to play rugby is testimony to the original principles of Olympism founded by the Ancient Greeks: ‘to educate man in both mind and body ….. to compete in sport rather than war….to make new friends…… (see our 4 minute Olympism video). We salute all Afghans playing rugby.

 

 2. Golf – American Golfer Disqualifies Himself

In 2nd place, is a young American golfer called Jason Millard.   In June of this year, his dream came true. He qualified to play in the lucrative US Open.  But five days later he disqualified himself because he thought he might have played a foul shot.

Golfer Lost 1

Touching the sand in the bunker before hitting the ball is a penalty. He thought he might have. When he asked his playing partner and the officials they all said that he didn’t and that he was ok .  But young Jason said: “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation.  I was actually in the act of making my swing when I thought I saw it. It was like a blur. That image keeps popping in my head.  I really don’t know 100 per cent, but I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days I practised and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I thought about it every single second of the day. It ate away inside of me.”

After five days of soul-searching, Millard rang the United States Golf Association and called the penalty on himself, believing that he “may” have inadvertently broken the rules while playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course – his 27th hole of the day.

What is even more, remarkable is that he is still not even sure that he committed a penalty at all. But his sporting integrity and honour is such that he didn’t want to risk his honour and integrity and so he effectively disqualified himself and withdrew from the big time & fulfilling his golfing dream.  Remember the name, Jason Millard, we wish him well in 2015.

 

1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

Here it is, the number one sportsmanship moment of 2014. The UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the great, now 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan, just a few weeks ago in December was, what many are saying, the greatest snooker final ever.

Judd Trump came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest. But Trump was finally lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame & O’Sullivan went on to win 10-9. The number one sportsmanship moment came seconds later and it lasted for several minutes. When Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan….

Trump wasn’t distraught, he seemed elated with the high level of intense competitive …..  Trump shook hands with O’Sullivan and unveiled a real warm smile as he spoke, for several minutes with O’Sullivan at the end.  As they talked, his big smile demonstrated great dignity in defeat and real comradery. Technically Judd lost but, in reality, he demonstrated what’s important in sport , regardless of the result, give it your very best & never ever forget to enjoy the battle and enjoy the moment (& Judd Trump did just that). Congrats to Judd Trump – winning the Great Sportsmanship Moment of 2014.

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Read also PART 1 :  Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments (nos. 10 – 6).

Here is the full interview from the Phil Parry Show on BBC Radio London 97.9FM (including the unedited, low volume, pre-amble!).

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Partner link: Ian Wright (Arsenal & England footballer) Fights Irish Golfer In Heathrow Hotel

 

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Friends became enemies for 6 vicious violent minutes in a shock fight in a hotel near Heathrow Airport, London, England.

Ian Wright, Arsenal & England footballer fought Ireland’s Tony Healy (a professional golfer) who likes to box in a 3 x 2 minute boxing match

Fri 28 March 2014 at the Thistle hotel Heathrow

 

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Both Ian Wright and Tony Healy completed an  intensive 8 week training programmes. Both fighters want a win so badly that it’s become personal.

They also want to raise money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition www.debra.org.uk

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Here is the 1 minute promotional video for the fight.

Video of Ian Wright & Tony Healy Preparing for the fight + Info about DEBRA

 

Here is the full fight including the  entrance, introductions, 3 x 2 minute rounds, the result & finally, Ian and Tony instantaneously becoming life-long friends once again.

Wright v Healy – the full fight

 

Fantastic night including West Side Gym Boxing Club boxers who also demonstrated fantastic skills and great respect for each other at the end of each fight.  They were all an absolute credit to their excellent coaching team:  John Holland (head coach), Barry Jones (former IBF and intercontinental Champion), Harry Holland and Joe Ackary. The work that these guys put in, week in, week out, is simply phenomenal.

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